WASHINGTON, D.C. -
On a hot and humid day in our nation's capital the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-1) were unable to upset the No. 21 Georgetown Hoyas (3-0), falling 1-0 at North Kehoe Field on Friday afternoon. Brandon Allen scored the lone goal of the match in the 26th minute to propel the Hoyas to victory.
The first half belonged to the Hoyas in nearly every statistical category. After the first 45 minutes, Georgetown lead in shots (10-3), shots on goal (3-2) and corner kicks (6-0).
The two teams traded shots through the opening 10 minutes of the match with Northridge goalkeeper Michael Abalos making a tremendous save on a blistering shot in the 11th minute of play. The Hoyas were able to maintain possession early and keep the Matadors away from the ball, resulting in a bit of frustration that led to a yellow card for CSUN midfielder Yarden Azulay in the 16th minute.
Following the caution the Hoyas saw a stretch of taking four shots in less than a minute, culminating in Allen hitting the post in the 17th. Allen did not waste his next opportunity, however, tapping in a ground cross by Keegan Rosenberry for the goal.
Northridge rebounded from that point forward, gaining control of possession and finding space in the midfield. Georgetown's Gabe Padilla committed a hard foul on a Northridge player in the 37th minute for a yellow card.
At the start of the second half, the Matadors came out of the gates looking for an early equalizer. Midfielder Alberto Rosas had his attempt saved in the 47th minute and Carlos Benavides hit the post two minutes later.
Northridge took the first six shots of the second half within the first 13 minutes. The Matadors' best chance on net came in the 57th when Rosas' shot hit the crossbar and landed in the area before David Turcios' try missed wide left.
Turcios had a final attempt in the 77th minute but it was saved by the goalkeeper.
The Matadors suffered their first defeat of the season but have little time to dwell on it as they face Loyola University Maryland on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. Kickoff between Northridge and the Greyhounds is set for 10 a.m. PDT.